Interesting Facts

TGO Nature Center Interesting Nature Facts


  •  A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  •  A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
  •  A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
  •  A goldfish has a memory span of 3 seconds.
  •  A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
  •  A snail can sleep for 3 years.
  •  Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  •  An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
  •  Butterflies taste with their feet.
  •  Cats have over 100 vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.
  •  In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
  •  Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  •  There are more chickens than people in the world.
  •  Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  •  If humans could run as fast as a cockroach, we’d reach speeds of more than 300 mph.
  •  A dragonfly’s primary food is mosquitoes.
  • Bats make up more than 20% of all mammal species on earth. Of the over 4,400 species of mammals, about 900 are bats.
  • Coral snakes are relatives of the cobra and mamba snakes.
  •  Woodpeckers do not get headaches from all that wood pecking.  Its bill is not connected directly to its skull as there is shock absorbing tissue between the bill and skull.
  • Bats are the only mammals that can truly fly.  “Flying” squirrels and “flying” lemurs actually glide or parachute and are not capable of true flight.
  • Honey bees have hairs on their eyes to enable them to collect more pollen.
  • Sea turtles, unlike turtles who live on land, cannot retract and hide their heads and legs inside their shell.  The lack of this protective feature makes sea turtles more vulnerable to predators.
  • Most female bats have only one pup per year.
  • Echolocation is the process of emitting sounds and receiving back echoes that bats use to locate and identify objects and prey.
  • According to the University of Florida, our Lovebugs live for approximately three to four days. During May and September, when we have swarms of them, it sure seems like they live longer.
  • A group of alligators is called a congregation and a group of just young alligators/hatchlings is called a pod.
  • Florida’s White-Tailed Deer have a gestation period that is approximately 200 days or 6-1/2 months long.
  • Raccoons are omnivores as their diet consists of fruits, berries, plant material, bird and turtle eggs, crustaceans, insects, seed,  small mammals and garbage.
  • The rattle part of a rattlesnake’s tail has hollow segments made of keratin.  The rattle sound comes from the segments hitting against each other when the snake shakes its tail.
  • Native Americans used the aquatic plant Spatterdock to stop bleeding and as an analgesic or pain reliever.
  • Wild turkeys fly faster than they run. They can run up to 25 miles per hour but they can fly up to 55 miles per hour for short bursts.
  • The month of November is Manatee Awareness Month.
  • Unlike land turtles, sea turtles can’t retract their head and legs making them more vulnerable to predators.
  • More than 350 species can share the gopher tortoises’ burrows-although not all at the same time. That would be some kind of party!
  • The egg incubation temperature determines alligator sex. Eggs hatched at 93 degrees or more will be males and 86 degrees or less will be females.
  • Wild Turkeys are omnivores. They eat different types of seeds, berries, nuts, insects, amphibians and reptiles.
  • Hummingbirds are named after the humming sound produced by their wings during flight.
  • A group of opossums is called a “passel” so that would be a “passel of possums!”.
  • Bald Eagles can fly 35 mph, but when they dive through the air, they can reach 100 mph.
  • Alligators have 18 toes – five on their front feet and four webbed toes on their back feet, which help them swim.
  • Typically Gopher Tortoises reach sexual maturity in 10-20 years. Research suggests it could take only 9-11 years in Central Florida.
  • Newly hatched wild turkeys are precocial birds meaning they are relatively mature, mobile and can feed and fend for themselves soon after hatching.
  • The smallest bird in the world is a Bee Hummingbird. They are only  2 to 2.4 inches long.
  • Rattlesnakes are ovoviviparous which means the mother retains eggs within her body  until they “hatch” and she gives birth to live babies.
  • Manatees are also referred to as sea cows.
  • A group of bats is called a colony.
  • Wild hogs eat a variety of plants and animals making them omnivores.
  • A young male wild turkey is called a jake.
  • It takes about five years for a bald eagle’s feathers, eyes and beak to gradually change to adult colors.
  • Both the United States and Canada observe Groundhog Day. The U.S. celebrity groundhog  is Punxsutawney Phil and the Canadian is Wiarton Willie.
  • The three types of bees in a Honey Bee hive are the queen bee, female worker bees and a few male drone bees.
  • The male Great Blue Heron collects most of the nest material and presents it to the female who builds the nest.
  • Resurrection fern was flown in space in 1997 to study how it would react in zero gravity to the moisture loss/resurrection cycle.


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